The Mystery Diner never made the cut as a golfer.
Frequent slices into the rough, and three-putts (or more) are par for the course for my afternoon visits to the links.
A good restaurant on the golf course, though, scratches my itch.
Which takes us to this week’s Mystery Diner visit, the restaurant at Whitetail Ridge Golf Club.
With grand views of a 6,604-yard golf course in the rolling countryside five miles east of downtown Yorkville, the Whitetail Ridge is an ideal stop for a relaxing dinner.
The Mystery Diner ventured to Whitetail Ridge on a lovely Saturday evening, arriving at a bustling restaurant also hosting a wedding reception in the adjacent banquet rooms.
Taking our seat at a table with large open windows allowing for diners to overlook the golf course, we perused the Whitetail Ridge’s offerings.
Whitetail Ridge, which serves lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays with a breakfast buffet on Sundays, features – no surprise – a golf-themed menu.
“Teeing Off” appetizers include options ranging from pulled-pork sliders to nachos to loaded potato skins. A large sampling of “The Greens” include a fresh spinach salad and a new buffalo chicken salad.
With empty stomachs and big expectations, we chose from the “Back 9" dinner entree section. My dinner companions opted for the bourbon-glazed salmon and bruschetta chicken, while the Mystery Diner went with the 16-ounce prime rib available Fridays and Saturdays.
We certainly were not disappointed.
A generous cut of beef was well-seasoned, juicy and quite filling. It was served with au jus and horseradish, with a choice of potato and greens. It was no small feat to finish, but the Mystery Diner did not leave a morsel.
Whitetail Ridge offers a large selection of gluten free offerings ranging from the aforementioned salmon and prime rib to a new entree, the ahi tuna filet.
But we weren’t ready to pack up our golf bag yet – the desserts were well worth another round before we left.
We chose to split the caramel apple stack, and the chocolate lava cake. As the name indicates, the lava cake oozed with dark, decadent, warm, gooey chocolate sauce. As for the caramel stack, my companion couldn’t recall a more delightful after-dinner treat. Buttery, flaky crust covered an apple filling drizzled with caramel sauce nestled under vanilla ice cream. Decadent.
Pun intended, when it comes to restaurants on a golf course, the Whitetail Ridge is a real hole-in-one.
• The Mystery Diner is a newsroom employee at the Record Newspapers. The diner’s identity is not revealed to restaurant staff before or during the meal. The Mystery Diner visits a restaurant and then reports on the experience. The Mystery Diner is not intended to be a restaurant critic but does highlight the parts of a dining experience that he/she can recommend.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Whitetail Ridge
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, serving lunch and dinner; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays, serving breakfast buffet until 1 p.m., lunch menu available after 1 p.m.
WHERE: 7671 Clubhouse Drive, Yorkville
INFORMATION: Call 630-882-8988 or visit whitetailridgegolfclub.com